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Zulya
elusive

Contemporary music from the steppes of Tatarstan. Zulya Kamalova creates and album of exquisitely crafted songs inspired by both the music of the world and by her own Tatar heritage. Accompanied by an ingenious ensemble playing European and central Asian instruments, this is an artful, beautiful recording.

Listen:
beyond the horizon
insomnia
the fog

Also by Zulya: Aloukie (2001)

Special offer: Buy two CDs by Zulya, elusive and The Waltz Of Emptiness, for a special price

" ...(songs from elusive) oozed beauty, drama, sadness, bonhomie and peasant wisdom in equal measure." - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

Andrew Tanner - double bass
Blair Greenberg - guitar, jaw harp, ghatam, surdo, tabla, various percussion
Carolyn Johns- tuba, baritone horn
Davood a Tabrizi - violin (col legno), daayareh
Epizo Bangoura - kora
Jonathan Zwartz - double bass
Llew Kiek - slide bouzouki, oud, slide guitar, bouzouki
Martin Tucker - litungu
Paul Jarman - flutes, saxillo, piano
Randal Muir - piano accordion
Stoli Petrovski- flugel horn, trumpet
Svetlana Bunic - piano accordion
Zulya - vocals, balafon, kalimba.

About the artist:
cd cover Continuing to blaze new trails for contemporary world music through the steppes of Tatarstan - a territory where even the most intrepid listener usually fears to tread - Zulya brings us an album of her own exquisite songs, inspired by both the music of the world and by her Tatar heritage.

Zulya's new album is an affirmation of her unique identity, but an affirmation of the progressive type, and most definitely not of the conservative type! It is a step forward, and a bit to the left, of her previous, more traditionally Tatar work featured in Aloukie. Her music reflects not only the cultural wealth of her background - Tatar, Russian, Australian - but also an ongoing fascination with experimenting with timbres and styles, manifested in employing of a diversity of unusual instruments and instrumentation (kora, oud, bouzouki, litungu, jaw harp, kalimba, tuba, flugel horn, saxillo, tabla, ghatam, violin, accordion, and others). In command of this formidable array of instruments are some of the best musicians in Australia: Blair Greenberg, Llew Kiek, Epizo Bangoura, Davood Tabrizi to name a few. Be prepared to hear everything from a Balkan-tinged love song (complete with tuba, trumpets and accordion), insomnia, to a West African kora lullaby, cradle song, and the eastern sounds of jaw harp, oud and ghatam (pot-drum) on late again. The unorthodox and sometimes adventurous arrangments on elusive are nonetheless delicately sparse, and above all there is Zulya's achingly beautiful voice - pure and powerfully commanding in delivery.

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